Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen released by China after 6 years in jail for subversion

Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been freed from prison. In 2008, he was jailed in China for "inciting separatism" and "subversion." His crime: shooting "Leaving Fear Behind," a documentary about the life of Tibetans under Chinese rule. Read the rest

Report: Google losing search dominance in mobile

As more of us use mobile services like Yelp, Kayak, and Shazam to find what we need when we're out and about, Google is losing its edge in mobile search. That's the gist of a new report from analytics firm eMarketer, out this week. Read the rest

Sex abuse case against web and broadcast TV exec David Neuman dropped

Michael Egan III, a former aspiring model/actor, has withdrawn a lawsuit that charged David Neuman with sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999.

The Tor challenge: run a Tor node for great justice

EFF, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Free Software Foundation and The Tor Project have launched The Tor Challenge, a campaign to encourage people to run Tor nodes. "Tor is a powerful tool that helps you stay anonymous online. It can protect your privacy as you browse the Internet and circumvent government censorship of the webpages you visit. We need your help to keep Tor strong. Run a Tor relay today." Here's how to get started. Read the rest

Just look at these banana safety-cones

Just look at them.

(Thanks, Mister Eppyjanice!) Read the rest

12-hour Brady Bunch "Alice" marathon airs Saturday

TV Land's “Celebrate Alice” marathon airs Saturday, June 7th, 6am-6pm ET/PT.

Join TV Land this Saturday, June 7th, in celebrating Ann B. Davis, who played lovable housekeeper and friend Alice on “The Brady Bunch.” Alice was an essential member of the Brady home -- shown by the fact that she was the center square in the title sequence!

The marathon features some of the most memorable moments with Alice and the Brady family – like when the house turns chaotic after Alice sprains her ankle; the time Alice decides to leave and the kids try to win her back; and when Alice’s cousin Emma (played by Davis) fills in while Alice is on vacation and ends up driving the Bradys insane! There’s no question that Alice is one of the most devoted and beloved housekeepers in TV Land.

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American juvenile incarceration: destroying a generation to feed the prison system

Wil Wheaton writes, "Today's Fresh Air (MP3) is just heartbreaking. It's an interview about the juvenile 'justice' system in America with Nell Bernstein, author of Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, and how prison is just destroying young lives in the name of giving prison workers jobs. No. Seriously. It's infuriating, and it dovetails perfectly with your review of Matt Taibbi's new book."

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

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What to expect when you make things with your kids

Lisa Butterworth of Etsy interviewed me about my new book, Maker Dad.

As a dad who’s done these projects with your daughters, what would you tell other dads about what they might get out of making things with their kids based on your own experience?

One thing I think they’ll get is patience. It’s going to take a lot longer to do a project than if you just take over and do it yourself. You have to hand the tools over to the kids and realize that they’re going to make cuts that aren’t straight, drill holes in the wrong places, be sloppier with the paint than you might be, but that’s just part of learning. You’re also going to learn that they want to try, they have their own ideas about how things should look that might not match yours. But that’s a good thing, I think, and it’s going to also teach kids compromise and bargaining. You get the whole operation.

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Dropbox acquires "stealth" messaging company

Condi, not satisfied with just reading your documents, buys secret chat company; NSA backdoor to follow. Read the rest

Julieta's at the wheel, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

"Julieta," a photo by Boing Boing reader Marcello Horta, shared in our Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Christianity is the top religion in the US. What's the second-top, in each state?

Most interesting infographic of the day, via the Washington Post, which also published an even more detailed breakdown by county. Christianity is the largest religion in the US, by a wide margin: more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. Buddhism is second. The data comes from a 2010 census sponsored by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. It'd be interesting to see a similar mapping with "atheism/agnostic" included as a comparison. The lack of inclusion of His Noodly Goodness (Hail FSM) is a real oversight, obviously. Larger size here. Read the rest

Verizon to Netflix: stop telling people our network is congested

The ISP warned the movie service to stop after it began telling users that Verizon's network was too congested to provide high-quality streams. Read the rest

South Korean databases hacked, says US official

A hacking incident may have affected the personal data of thousands of South Koreans employed by the US military. "Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces in South Korea, apologized Thursday for the 'possible theft' from two databases of private details of South Koreans such as names, contact information and work history," reports AP. Roughly 16,000 current and past workers and others who have sought jobs with the U.S. military in South Korea, are affected. Read the rest

How do dads influence their teen daughters' well-being?

"The influence of fathers on their teenage children has long been overlooked. Now researchers are finding surprising ways in which dads make a difference." Read the rest

What would it be like if other NYT columnists took drugs and wrote about it?

Sarah Jeong has the absolute funniest mockery of NYT columnist Maureen Dowd's silly "I ate 16 times too much marijuana while alone in a hotel room therefore drugs are bad" column.

Jeong assumes the persona of Malcolm Gladwell on ketamine, Thomas L Friedman after noshing weed brownies, Gail Collins rolling on ecstasy, Ross Douthat on psilocybin mushrooms, and Paul Krugman snorting up crushed Adderall.

I was on nothing more than a cup of tea, and I laughed 'til my sides hurt.

Related: Cannabist says Dowd is lying in the column.

Photo, via Guardian: Krugman tweeking. DonkeyHotey / Flickr via Creative Commons. Read the rest

Dancing hamster in Kia ads charged with fraud

An actor and dancer who performed as a hip hop hamster in viral Kia car ads has been charged with fraud. Read the rest

Jews and midcentury modern design

The Atlantic's Steven Heller's feature about the Jewish designers at the forefront of mid-century modernism, from George Nelson to Saul Bass to Alvin Lustig is pegged on a new exhibition titled Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum. Read the rest

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